April 20, 2012 / 1:27 AM / 5 years ago

Air Canada, ACPA agree to resume talks under government arbitrator

Passengers walk past Air Canada planes on the runway at Pearson International Airport in Toronto April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

(Reuters) - Air Canada and its pilots’ body have agreed to a 10-day negotiation period to re-start talks which ended in a strike last week.

The negotiation period will begin following the appointment of an arbitrator by the minister of labor, Air Canada and the Air Canada Pilots Association said in a statement.

The airline has been in dispute with a number of unions, including the one representing its pilots. It wants to set up a discount airline to help its bottom line at a difficult time for the aviation sector, while the unions oppose the plan, fearing job security.

The agreement comes a week after ACPA pilots went on a strike that was deemed illegal by Canada’s labor board.

Both parties have agreed to a media blackout during the negotiations. (Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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